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Paeonia japonica

Japanese Woodland Peony

Plant Type:


Paeonia japonica This is an early blooming woodland peony, flowering in early May for us. The bowl-shaped flowers are a satiny off-white to white. The delicate appearance belies the apparent toughness as the flowers have survived nights in which we’ve experienced light frosts without browning. Seed pods split open late in the season to display fluorescent crimson un-pollinated seed which acts as a fleshy foil to the plump round dark blue pollinated fruits. The late season interest in the shady border is noteworthy enchanting all those who stroll through our display gardens. Site in fertile draining soil in part, dappled to open shade. Pot grown peony from seed or division.

From Lynn T. (CT) on 9.8.2017 - The peonies arrived yesterday and I appreciate your care in packing them so well. It's exciting to see them in person, and their seed pods are quite showstoppers! I have watered them well and placed them in a sheltered area with indirect light until two will be given as gifts and the remaining 3 will be planted in my garden. Have a lovely Autumn.





16-20 in


24-30 in


Item Description Price  
PAJAPO Paeonia japonica (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - true 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $32.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Paeonia japonica

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Dappled Shade
  • Shade


  • Border
  • Woodland
  • Specimen
  • Rock Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Fertile
  • Draining


  • Japan

Propagated By

  • By Seed / Potted

Genus Overview: Paeonia

Common Name: Peony

We have fallen in love with the species peonies. They stand on strong stems and require no staking. They flower in a range of colors with varying flower shapes at different times in the spring landscape. Many are striking woodland species and function at their best in open to dappled shade. Some sport fascinating and showy late season seed heads upping the interest ante for herbaceous perennials with added seasons of beauty. Most of our offerings are seed grown. Culture is noted in the descriptives.